200-Hour Hatha Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Thailand

Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training Thailand

This teacher training course will give you a strong foundation in the fundamentals of Hatha yoga practice and philosophy. It offers the students an option to either delve deeper in the Hatha practice or develop a Vinyasa approach to teaching. During the intensive course, Sammasati Retreat covers all aspects of yoga, thereby meeting Yoga Alliance's international standards for certification.

Retreat highlights

  • Asana practice twice daily
  • Daily pranayama and meditation
  • World-class professional yoga teachers
  • Certificate accredited by Yoga Alliance
  • 24 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and lunch
  • Airport transfer

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


22 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 15
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Accommodation

For the yoga teacher training, students will be accommodated at the Pavana Chiang Mai Resort, in single occupancy rooms. There are three types of accommodation. Accommodation A is fan rooms, accommodation B is air conditioning rooms, and accommodation C is air conditioning rooms with pool views.

Sammasati Retreat 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program

The training places equal importance on the asana practices and subjects such as anatomy and physiology, breathing exercises, the study of sacred yogic texts such as the Yogsutra's of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita, to build a foundation to relate to other yoga topics. The training has a strong focus on dynamic meditation practices and introduces the students to studying and practicing meditation with an emphasis on Osho's meditation techniques and philosophy.

Hatha yoga forms the foundation of the physical asana practice. The training introduces, explores, studies and practices the study of standing poses, sitting poses, forward bends and hip openers, sitting twists, inversions, back-bends, hand-balancing, and Restorative yoga. Asana practice develops physical health by stretching, massaging and cleansing the internal organs, and stimulating the energy flow through the entire body. You will learn Sanskrit and English names to expand your knowledge and enhance your legitimacy and capacity as a teacher of all types of yogic knowledge. In the four weeks of training, you gradually develop your asana practice to deeper levels as you progress towards more advanced poses.

The 200-hour TTC is designed for practitioners at any level - beginners, intermediate or advanced and aspiring teachers. Whether a yoga novice or an advanced student, you will be able to push your practice and knowledge to the next level on this course. Upon successfully completing the course, you will receive a teaching certificate recognized by Yoga Alliance international. This certificate enables you to register with Yoga Alliance as a qualified 200-hour yoga teacher. This qualification is valid worldwide and will enable you to work in your hometown or overseas, or eventually start your own yoga school.

Brief Information about the program:

  • Studying Asanas in detail with alignment and sequence
  • Functional anatomy relevant to asana practice
  • Hands on practice for adjustments and alignments
  • Practical and theoretical training for teaching yoga
  • Teaching practice - how to teach in a group setting
  • Basic Ayurveda and yogic diet
  • Understanding the energy system, nadis, and chakras
  • Practicing basic Kriyas - yogic cleansing methods
  • Practicing pranayama, bandhas, and mudras
  • Yoga philosophy and yoga sutras of Patanjali
  • Bhagwadgita in essence, ethics for yoga teachers
  • Practicing Osho meditation

Curriculum

  • History and philosophy of yoga: You will study the development of yoga through the ages as well as the enduring spiritual principles that guide the practices.
  • Interactive study of philosophical subjects related to yoga: Sammasati Retreat encourage the class to be a forum for discussion and feedback, rather than simply a lecture. Through posting questions, Sammasati Retreat aim to stimulate the students’ critical thinking ability and deepen the understanding of the philosophy of yoga.
  • Eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga:

1. Yama: deals with one’s ethical standards and sense of integrity of how the practitioner relates to one’s external environment

2. Niyama: deals with self-discipline and spiritual observances, how the practitioner relates to one’s internal world

3. Asana: physical postures

4. Pranayama: breathing practices

5. Pratyahara: sensory withdrawal

6. Dharana: concentration as a preparation for meditation

7. Dhyana: state of meditation or contemplation

8. Samadhi: self-realization

  • Yoga sutras of Patanjali (in its original meaning)
  • Bhagavad Gita (based on the best commentary)
  • Teaching skills and methodology: Sammasati Retreat cover the most effective and practical ways to teach yoga. This segment will cover all types of classes from relaxation and meditation to the most dynamic classes. You will learn how to adapt your classes to children, adults, pregnant women, elderly people and disabled or ill people.
  • Teacher skills such as observation, logic, intuition, creativity, adaptability, diversity, and spontaneity will be highlighted.
  • Safety issues: Sammasati Retreat will teach you specific ways to correct student postures without injuring yourself or the student, how to challenge without pushing stretches too far, alternative postures, and other ways to prevent injuries.
  • Correction and alignment of poses: Sammasati Retreat teach poses that support natural and safe posture with anatomically correct spine alignment. Proper alignment is necessary for preventing injuries as well as maximizing the benefits of any asana. Poor posture blocks energy flow, resulting in a negative impact on one’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being; good posture energizes our whole being.
  • Sequencing yoga practice: planning and structuring a class. Essential principles and methods for planning and sequencing various kinds of Yoga classes are considered. Sequencing is one of the most important elements in class and practice in terms of safety, creative class design, effectiveness, and plays a pivotal role in the kind of experience the student will have.
  • A teaching practice in a real class environment: Sammasati Retreat offer a hands-on teaching experience where you get an opportunity to practice and demonstrate your knowledge and teacher skills in a supportive environment with helpful feedback.
  • Teacher qualities, attitude and finding one’s own voice and style
  • Yogic lifestyle (code of ethics for teachers and students): Working from the external ethics of the Yamas, as described in the yoga sutras. You will explore through interactive discussion exactly what an ethical lifestyle means for a yoga teacher, defining guiding principles and codes of conduct.
  • Yoga as a business: You will discuss practical tips for starting and marketing your yoga business so that it is successful. Essential elements include how to attract students, finding your niche, marketing strategies, promotion, websites, and networking.
  • Asanas (postures): You will be studying and practicing asanas focusing on correct alignment, their benefits, and precautions. The sun salutation, the twelve basic postures in depth, the practice of classical advanced variations, precise corrections, postural alignment, deep relaxation, and release of blocked energy are examples of topics covered.
  • Pranayama, mudras, and bandhas: The pranayama refers to breathing exercises for maintaining good health. The mudras are particular positions of the hands and the body done to establish special energy patterns, similar to electrical circuits, and the bandhas are techniques used in Hatha yoga that involve a muscular lock and can be practiced separately or in combination with various asanas.
  • Osho meditations: Osho active meditations deal directly with the tensions of contemporary life and leave us feeling alerted, refreshed and energized. After practicing an *Osho meditation you will transition into a settled energy phase, making it easy to sit silently.
  • Anatomy and its use in asana practice: You will learn appropriate medical vocabulary useful in your classes. You will focus on the theories of compression, tension, proportion and orientation.
  • Yogic physiology: You will study the structure of our subtle energy body including the kundalini (energy), mudras (“the yoga of the hands”), Nadis (energy channels), bandhas(locks for channeling energy), and chakras (energy centers).
  • Sanskrit names of yoga postures: It is not compulsory to learn the Sanskrit names but it is good to become familiar with the asana names. You will spend one session explaining their correct pronunciation and give you a chart of Sanskrit names for self-study.
  • Shatkriyas (Shatkarmas): Kriyas are special cleansing techniques in Hatha yoga to prepare the body for effective pranayama and meditation. The primary purpose of the kriyas is to clear the energy channels and to help it flow in a right direction. These are called shatkarmas (the six actions):

1. Dhauti is for intestinal, teeth, cardiac and anal cleansing

2. Basti is for anemic cleansing

3. Neti is for nasal cleansing

4. Trâtaka is for eye and concentration

5. Nauli deals with abdominal massaging

6. KapâlaBhâti is for frontal part of the brain

  • Yoga Nidra: Yoga Nidra takes you into deep relaxation, guided by the teacher. It releases the tension in the body and mind and is a practice to explore and work with subtle layers of the consciousness.

Daily schedule

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Asana practice and Pranayama
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:20 Yoga philosophy/Yoga sutras of Patanjali / lectures
  • 11:30 - 13:00 Art of teaching
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch break
  • 14:30 - 15:50 Anatomy, Physiology, lectures
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Asana practice, Adjustment, and Alignment
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Meditation, Yognidra Alternate Days

Classes on Saturdays are until 1:00 p.m. and Sundays are off

Instructors

Yogi Abhay
Yogi Abhay’s spiritual journey began as a child. He was fortunate to be born into a family where his parents supported his innate interest in spirituality. He started practicing asanas when he was 12 years old. His spiritual quest eventually led him to the Osho Meditation Resort in Poona, India. By studying Osho’s teachings and practicing Osho’s meditation, he experienced the spiritual awakening he had been seeking.

Retreat location

The venue will be in Mae Rim district, Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand.

Unique features

Activities

  • Sauna
  • Shopping
  • Steam room
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Trail running

General

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Thai vegetarian breakfast and lunch are available from Monday to Saturday in the course. For dinner, you can choose from the menu at the restaurant before 20:00.

At The Pavana Chiang Mai Resort, the nutritionist expert offers consultation and recommendation for a healthy diet that you can easily master. Working together with the experienced chefs, the acclaimed restaurant, Radiance, serves delicious healthy gourmet meals.

The certified organic farm reflects the resort's fundamental of agricultural practice, which is to produce local fruits and vegetables that are completely chemical free. The organic farm produce of fruits and vegetables supplies 80% of the ingredients at Radiance restaurant to ensure that customers receive the best quality.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 24 nights accommodation
  • A yoga dress for certification
  • All resort facilities
  • Buffet style vegetarian breakfast and lunch
  • Pick up from Samui International Airport (USM)
  • Pre-reading material upon booking the course
  • Sammasati Retreat 200-hour certificate
  • Yoga Alliance accreditation
  • Yoga teacher training course
  • Yoga teacher training manual

What's not included

  • Dinner
  • Flight ticket
  • Insurance
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport. Flight details are required a week before to organize the pickup.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 21 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Wednesday August 8, 2018
Departure: Saturday September 1, 2018

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